Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel: Inspections O' Plenty

Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel: Inspections O' Plenty

Sep 9, 2014
We have walls!!

Name: Austin & Danielle (of Forage + Fodder)
Type of Project: Kitchen & Garage Remodel
Location: Austin, Texas
Type of building: One story, Single-Family House, 1250 square feet

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Wow, things got serious this week. David went full on Breaking Bad hazmat mode and did some major work in our house. All of our insulation was installed this week, and we passed our mechanical, framing, and insulation inspections! The insulation inspection turned out to be quite the chore because unbeknownst to us, the foam around our wiring had to be a particular kind, so we failed the first inspection. Interestingly enough, the type of foam that the city requires us to use (aka “the orange one”) is not sold at your average chain hardware stores, but after several trips, David was able to find it at a smaller local supply shop.

Installing insulation is tough work.
This took an entire day.

Literally within an hour of passing inspections, he got started on sheet rock, and got almost the entire bedroom done. We have some walls!!! It’s so awesome to see the actual bedroom now.

This foam is orange. Which is makes it worthy of inspection...Sheesh.

One thing we’ve learned is that inspections are ‘scheduled,’ but not in the sense that we’re used to. You basically just call an automated line, and then someone has to be at the house until an inspector arrives — it could be within a few hours, it could be in a day and a half. Either way, you get no notice, and if no one is around when they show up, then you have to reschedule. So in an effort to be as efficient as possible we’ve worked it out so that David always has something to work on while he’s waiting, otherwise he’d literally just be sitting in his truck outside of our house all day, which is no fun for anyone.

Got this moved from the garage ceiling.

During this week’s waiting he was able to move our attic access ladder that was originally in the garage to the hallway on the other side of the house, in addition to adding more window framing and siding to the back of the house. He also installed the pocket door frame for the laundry room. He makes this stuff look so easy, it’s unbelievable.

The pocket door for the laundry room.
David framed up our windows and doors this week.

Things have been running really smoothly lately, so the weekend was spent doing a few projects and some homework on our end to make sure that the progress isn’t stopped because of something we forgot. We started refinishing our bathroom vanity, and ordered our kitchen faucet so that it’ll be here in time for the countertop install. We also picked out our window sills and door frames so that David can add those finishings next week.

View from the bedroom door. Still loving those glass doors.

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us tomorrow for installment #14 of Danielle and Austin's kitchen & garage remodel.

(Images and diary text: Danielle and Austin)

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